LOCAL GEM // THE FLOWER SHOP
Today I'm sharing my happy place! The Flower Shop! This darling shop is in Norman, OK and I LOVE it. They recently expanded and I am over the moon with how it turned out. Before, the small shop felt so cozy and inviting, and now after doubling in size I'm so happy that it has retained its magical and cozy atmosphere. With the expansion they added even more features like their new Arrangement Bar, a great selection of locally sourced items, and they've started carrying locally roasted coffee too!
Also, can we take a minute to swoon over those light fixtures?! I mean come on! Amazing.
But what makes this local gem even more special is the ladies who run it! They are seriously the sweetest and are always willing to answer all of my questions! Jordan, Monica, Lori, and Kate are the kind ladies who make this place so magical! I was GIDDY to get to interview Lori Wright, the owner of The Flower Shop, and hope you guys have as much fun learning from her as I do!
The Flower Shop
Owner: Lori Wright
Established: October 2014
Location: 1440 N. Porter Norman, OK 73071
When did you open The Flower Shop? Have you always had a passion for flowers?
We opened Wright's Flower Market in October 2014. We had been inside our family grocery store which was located on Main St and when we closed that store, my husband, Larry, decided to remodel the backroom of the Porter grocery store (we own the building), expose an old front entrance door and let the Flower Market become a shop of it's own. With the closing of our final family grocery store in June of this year, we had the opportunity to expand and remodel the shop. We also decided to change the name from "Wright's Flower Market" to "The Flower Shop"
What is personally your favorite flower to have at home? What is your favorite flower to use in arrangements?
I love to have flowers in my house but rarely bring any from the shop home. I always say I'm like a carpenter that makes things for other people but never make anything for themselves. I love to garden at home and so I usually pick flowers from my garden. In the spring I have beautiful peonies and the summer hydrangeas but I am just as happy putting fresh mint in a vase or glass. In the fall I like to cut branches from my oak trees
At the shop, I love to use antique hydrangeas and garden roses. They both can be beautiful all by themselves but pair them up and you've got some WOW!
How would you describe your floral aesthetic?
I would say I love a low full arrangement - something tall and showy is not my favorite.
Tell us more about your recent expansion of the store:
With the remodel we more than doubled our size - in both retail area and work space. We now have 4 sinks - 2 coolers and work stations for all 4 of us. I don't know how we managed in the space before. I guess it's because we'd never known anything different, But now we do and it is wonderful!!
We have a space we call "The Arrangement Bar" for customers that want to create their own flowers. They can pick their flowers and their vase or container and arrange them before they leave the shop.
We doubled our retail cooler size so we are able to offer more arrangements for walk-in customers
Starting in September we will be hosting monthly flower workshops, which is something we've wanted to do even before we moved to the Porter location but we never had the space to do it.
If you had to choose one product in the shop besides flowers as your favorite, what would it be?
This is a hard question. I've actually got 2 and both have personal connections. The first one is our hand painted gift cards. Monica Owen is one of our designers and she's also an artist. She has worked with me since October 2011. She paints and signs each card. It's literally a piece of artwork and we've had customers buy the cards just to frame them.
The other is a Eote Coffee. The coffee beans are roasted in Oklahoma City and we are the only shop in Norman that carries it. If you love coffee, I encourage you to read their story. Todd Vinson is the owner and he is my son-in-laws cousin so not only is this an Oklahoma roasted coffee but it's family! :) They offer tastings every Thursday afternoon from 2-4 in Oklahoma City. The day we reopened they served their cold brew for our customers.
You are a fantastic example to ladies who want to run their own business, what would be your best advice for new female entrepreneurs?
I love what I am doing and I love the people I work with. I have no training in running a business. This was completely accidental and even though I love what I'm doing my first passion is my family. So I am not as present as I should be sometimes. I would encourage any one looking into starting a business to make sure they love what they are doing and surround themselves with people you enjoy working with and have the same passion you do. The Flower Shop would not be The Flower Shop if Monica, Kate and Jordan weren't there.
What was the best piece of advice you ever received?
I was blessed to have the best mother-in-law a girl could ever have. I began working in the grocery store after my husband and I got married. One day I was helping her clean the bathroom at the store and she said "Remember, your'e never too good to do anything here at the store. We work together - no one is above doing the dirty jobs."
I don't know if that would be considered advice, but to me it was a perfect reminder of treating others the way you want to be treated - with appreciation and respect.
What is one of your habits that make your life and business run easier?
I love to sit at my kitchen table drink a cappuccino from 7-11 and read my bible every morning. It helps me get my priorities straight.
Do I do this every day - NO
Can I tell a difference when I don't - Yes
I'm a work in progress
Coffee or Tea? Tea
Morning Bird or Night Owl? Both
Paper planner or iCal? Paper planner - lots and lots of yellow notepads
Sunshine or Snowfall? Snowfall
The Flower Shop is truly one of a kind! It kind of makes me want to burst into singing a round of the theme song to Cheers: "You wanna go where every body knows your name and they're always glad you came!" Go visit these wonderful ladies in person and check out The Flower Shop website as well for some upcoming workshops! I think the Pumpkin Arrangement AND the Winter Wreath workshops are calling my name!